Veto A Iavecchia


Lt. Veto Iaveccia flew two missions on D-Day. Two weeks later, on June 20, 1944, immediately after dropping its bombs on a synthetic-oil refinery in Politz Germany, the B-24J, Mistah Chick, was damaged by flak and began leaking fuel. Rather than landing in Germany and becoming POWs, the crew voted to risk an uncertain crossing of the Baltic Sea and try for neutral Sweden. With disabled hydraulics, they crash landed in a field near Halmstad, Sweden, with no fatalities or significant injuries.

After five months internment in Falun, Sweden, Veto was repatriated to the USA, November 19, 1944. He finished his final year of service in Texas, USA, joined by his wife and newborn daughter. After his discharge, they drove home to Philadelphia, PA, where Veto began his life long career as a master printer.

B-24J - Mistah Chick - 42-100146. INT-SWE. 20 Jun 44.


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Units served with

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Mistah Chick
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 567th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 3 August 1920


Interned: Falun, Sweden

20 June 1944 - 19 November 1944


Interned (INT)

Philadelphia PA 29 May 2013 - 20 June 1944


Date18 Jan 2022 10:24:25

Veto Iavecchia Memorial - A Life Well Lived

Date18 Nov 2017 06:04:44
Contributoralan iavecchia

Summary biography details sourced from son's memory of father's WW2 stories.

Date22 Aug 2015 05:31:50
Contributoralan iavecchia

Add Event.......Internment

Date22 Aug 2015 05:30:41
Contributoralan iavecchia

Add Event.......Internment

Date22 Aug 2015 05:21:23
Contributoralan iavecchia

I, Alan Iavecchia, am the son of 2nd Lt. Veto Iavecchia (USAAF), bombardier of B24 "Mistah Chick".

Date27 Sep 2014 18:26:26

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5924 / MACR 5924 & Page 304 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co 1998 edition, D790.A2S45 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database